Welcome to Cork Blademasters Website!

Cork Blademasters is a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) School based in Cork, Ireland.

We are a member of HEMA IRELAND FEDERATION with certified instructors and a group of senior students who can help with the training and offer advise and practical tips.

We organize and take part in many tournaments (Irish Historical Fencing League) and other events in order to pressure-test our skills against others.

If you think life of a Martial Artist is something that would interest you come JOIN USΒ and see for yourself!Β We train hard but we’re a friendly bunch πŸ™‚

If you’re interested in finding out more about our club / HEMA or want to become a member – CONTACT US and we’ll get back to you in no time!

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Please check the following pages: About Us, Classes, Courses

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  1. Hi I live in Waterford but have an interest to learn samurai sword and was wondering if you could put me in contact with someone here who does it or who teaches it

    086 0400401

    1. Hi Maggie,

      We will be doing a Longsword Workshop in Waterford this year so you got the medieval sword covered πŸ™‚ Not sure if there’s any eastern martial art club that trains kendo/iaido in Waterford i’m afraid.

      Cork Blademasters

  2. HI, I got a couple of questions
    1. Is it possible you can use a Japanese katana blade for longsword training. I’m more like a Hyrbid marital artist who mix fighting styles together.

    2. How long can i trained to reach the level of Blademaster. And if i did become a Blademaster, would it be publicly official and acknowledged.

    3. Does this school produce official swordsmen worldwide.

    1. Hello Jerome,

      We do spar with mixed weapons from time to time so i’m sure it would be possible, though katana would be in disadvantage due to much shorter reach. As for the other training time it depends on you really, in general as with any other martial art you need a good few years to become really proficient but this depends mainly on how often you train. And yes, we do produce a good swordsmen πŸ™‚ maybe not yet worldwide but we’re getting there πŸ˜‰


  3. I am quite interested in signing up for the 10 week German longsword course. However, I am aware of your insurance policy and I will not be sixteen until a few weeks into the course in October, would I be able to sign up??

  4. would like to buy a sword for my husband for christmas to practice with can you point me in the right direction please? Many thanks Susan

  5. Hey, just a bump on the Waterford request.
    I think there’s quite a large interest in regards to bringing Blademasters to Waterford, judging by the amount of requests about it already on the site, and also the fact that there is nothing like it in Waterford at the moment.
    I do hope you consider, as I myself personally would 100% attend training, and units in retail parks in Waterford aren’t that expensive.
    I think something as fresh and just as totally awesome as blademasters needs to be in Waterford, as there is absolutely nothing like it at all down here.

    Best regards, and thank you for your consideration!

    1. Hi Sean,

      I am considering it, though it won’t be happening before the new year i’m afraid but starting from Jan 2016 i’ll try to organize some workshops there and we’ll start from that.

      So keep an eye on the announcements on the facebook page in January as I’ll definitely need some help with this!

      Cork Blademasters

  6. Hi I am very interested in this aswell, are there any classes anywhere near Maynooth, Dublin or Wexford and Waterford of this nature?

    1. Hey Cian,

      Sure, just google search for Dublin HEMA Club or Goat’s Head Historical Fencing club for wexford/waterford area.

      Hope this helps

  7. Hi do you ever do any training in Waterford as Cork would be a bit of a run for me for training , or alternatively do you have any contacts in Waterford for classes or even one 2 one training , any and all information would be greatly appreciated , many thanks.

    1. Hi Ben,

      I’m very sorry but due to insurance restrictions we are only allowed to take people that are 16th or older.

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Historical European Martial Arts School in Cork, Ireland